Daily Meme: The Stupidest Things Said on Syria This Week

  • It's been quite a week for talking about Syria, which means that politicians and pundits have taken advantage, as they always do, of the ample opportunity to say the wrong thing. 
  • Senator John McCain gets a special award for saying so many conflicting and confusing things about his position on the airstrikes and the resolution that would authorize them that Congress will consider next week.
  • However, McCain did get to earn back some brownie points after slamming the remarks of someone prone to far stupider statements than him, Brian Kilmeade. The Fox News host expressed reticence to support rebels yelling "Allahu Akbar." To which the senator was like (and we paraphrase), Yeah, shut up. 
  • New York Representative Michael Grim supported the airstrike earlier this week. And then he didn't. And then he decided it would be a good idea to try and fundraise off of his opposition to Obama.
  • Several legislators have seized the opportunity to try and bring back their favorite topic,impeachment! Too bad their knowledge of the Constitution is a bit fuzzy.
  • McCain also joined in the impeachment fun. 
  • Another representative got to bring up another crowd favorite, the Ronald Reagan reference. Unfortunately, their deployment of the WWRRD card, like most deployments of the WWRRD card,was a bit ... wrong. 
  • It's not just politicians who've garbled their words on Syria. Fashion designer Kenneth Cole sent the unfortunate tweet, "Boots on the ground' or not, let's not forget about sandals, pumps and loafers.#Footwear"
  • Nick Taranto, Goldman Sachs bro, wrote a column in the Huffington Post about his meeting with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in 2008. Gawker sums up his argument thusly, "Holy fucking shit! Assad was awesome. DUDE."
  • Not all of the things said about Syria this week were stupid. There were a fair share of odd statements though. At McCain's town hall in Arizona today, one constituent held up a bag of marshmallows and told the senator, "This is what I think of Congress. They are a bunch of marshmallows. That's what they are. That's what they've become."
  • Plenty of other constituents have done gloriously in making stupid and sweeping statements about foreign policy department.
  • In the end, The Onion headline, "Poll: Majority Of Americans Approve Of Sending Congress To Syria" doesn't sound too far from the truth.

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